City’s victory in today’s match will officially crown it as champion of the English Premier League, while the Blues seek victory with the aim of consolidating their place in the top four.
The homeowners welcome the London guest to the Etihad Stadium, with a five-game winning streak across all competitions, with their success in maintaining clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively.
Manchester City has the “most complete” system in Europe and is a candidate for a triple tournament this season. The team hoped to achieve a quartet, but their dreams were shattered by Chelsea, who knocked them out in the FA Cup semi-finals.
For his part, Chelsea enter the meeting in the best “solution” after eliminating Real Madrid, who won the Champions League.
The Blues performed a dominant performance against the Merengue, which made them reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2012. The key word behind that, far from everyone’s concerted efforts, is Thomas Tuchel.
The Chelsea management has seriously begun negotiating with their coach to renew his contract
The sacking of former coach Frank Lampard during the winter was met with surprise, but Tuchel took no time at all to settle in London, pulling the team from mid-table to four-top, as well as reaching the FA Cup and Champions League final.
Thus, Tochel was able to repeat the achievement of Roberto Di Matteo (2012) with a big difference in performance and persuasion, and the former Paris Saint-Germain coach will seek to achieve the most expensive European title this time, after losing in the final of last season to Bayern Munich.
Of the 15 Premier League matches managed by Tuchel, Chelsea have maintained 11 clean sheets, including each of their last three matches. All numbers are fair to Tuchel, and his candidacy for all titles next season. For its part, Chelsea management seriously began negotiating with its coach to renew his contract, despite not completing half of the season, in order to reward him for the exemplary start and to ensure that he stayed for the longest possible period.
City defender John Stones is absent from the upcoming meeting due to suspension, while fellow center-back Eric Garcia has suffered a seizure. However, Guardiola has no new concerns about visiting Chelsea, and Emeric Laporte must again be represented in the defense alongside Dias.
On the other hand, Chelsea midfielder Matteo Kovacic was unable to confront his old club, Real Madrid, after suffering a setback in his recovery from a thigh problem, and the Croatian is not expected to be ready in time for this match. Thus, the double of Kante (man of the match against Real Madrid) and Jorginho in the middle will likely continue.
As for the back line, Tochel is expected to be careful not to tire Thiago Silva, 36, in order to exploit his energy for crucial matches, so Kurt Zuma is a candidate to appear in the Blues defense center alongside Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
It is an upcoming meeting of great importance, both technically and psychologically, and with only three weeks remaining to face the European finalists in Istanbul, today’s match may provide answers to many questions in terms of preferences and precedence.
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